By: Jan Murphy
During the Quilt Documentation Projects of the both North and South Carolina, an unusual and nameless appliqué design (examples ranging from c.1850 to c.1890) was presented many times and mainly in the Piedmont areas. I have compiled a descriptive catalog of twenty two (22) examples showing: location of origin, date, colors, technique, and background of the maker. Some of this information is from the South Carolina Project (my thanks to Laurel Horton) and some I have gathered on my own by interviewing quilt owners and through correspondence.
Research of the general styles and designs of the period leading up to this pattern indicate the influence to have been those Classical elements found in the Federal (U.S.), Regency (England) and Greek Revival and specifically English (plumes and feathers) and German (folded